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bully beef

canned or pickled beef.
Origin of bully beef
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I am on ordinary "camp diet," which means tea, biscuit, and bully-beef or stew.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • The morsel of bully-beef that Bertram put in his mouth abode with him.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • A tin of bully-beef and six biscuits, (p. 024) hard as rocks, were given to each man prior to departure.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • Here, too, was a huge old man, who was also diving for pennies and tins of bully-beef.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • One could—and did—live on bully-beef and biscuits for weeks at a time and take no harm, provided one could get water.

  • I took a tin of bully-beef with me, and so was prepared for any eventuality.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • I felt quite comfortable after some bully-beef and bread, washed down with two or three cups of hot coffee.

  • Under such a scorching sun the eating of the bully-beef in the men's ration bags was unthinkable.

    The Irish at the Front Michael MacDonagh
  • I started off in my old trench uniform and long habitant boots, carrying with me a supply of bully-beef, tinned milk and hardtack.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • All our pals were willing to contribute, and they gave us bully-beef and biscuits from their scanty stores.

    Into the Jaws of Death Jack O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for bully-beef

bully beef

tinned corned beef Often shortened to bully
Word Origin
C19 bully, anglicized version of French bouilli, from boeuf bouilli boiled beef
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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